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Half Moon Bay

Hike through a scenic park and enjoy fishing, bird-watching and other outdoor activities in this beautiful coastal city.

Half Moon Bay is a laid-back coastal town with beaches, cafés, galleries and bookstores. Shop for organic fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers and locally produced honey at a farmers’ market. Relax on spacious sandy beaches with picnic areas and kayak, fish, cycle or even whale watch.

Most visitors to Half Moon Bay spend the majority of their time at the beach. Moon Bay State Beach is one of the finest beaches in the region. Head to the visitor center on weekends to learn about the history of this wonderful beach. This 4-mile (6-kilometer) sandy stretch is great for fishing, picnicking and lounging.

Drive from Half Moon Bay to Mavericks Beach in less than 20 minutes. Due to rare underwater rock formations and Pacific Ocean storms, this beach often produces large waves. Watch surfers take on the giant offshore swells from the top of the bluffs.

Back in town, visit the Barterra Winery and taste some of their award-winning vintages. Embark on a salmon fishing charter; many boat trips depart from Pillar Point Harbor.

The Half Moon Bay Coastalside Trail is a scenic hiking, running and cycling trail that runs through the protected Wavecrest Open Space. Admire picturesque views of the ocean and spot birds such as hawks and herons.

Half Moon Bay is located in San Mateo County, California, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from San Francisco and just 30 minutes’ drive from San Francisco International Airport. The town is less than 15 minutes’ drive from numerous attractions, including the small coastal hamlets of El Granada and Moss Beach.

With its long golden beaches, oceanfront walking trails and wide range of outdoor activities, Half Moon Bay is a popular weekend escape for San Franciscans.

Top hotels in Half Moon Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Half Moon Bay Lodge
Half Moon Bay Lodge
3 out of 5
The price is P8,158 per night

Situated in Half Moon Bay, this golf hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Manhattan Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Half Moon Bay State Beach. Pelican Point Beach and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (963 reviews)

"Is was clean and staff was great."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Half Moon Bay Lodge
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
5 out of 5
1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is P39,009 per night

This family-friendly Half Moon Bay hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Half Moon Bay Golf Links and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Pelican ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (490 reviews)

"Beautiful property, rooms are nice. Food is pricey and limited menu."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Oceano Hotel and Spa
Oceano Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
The price is P11,301 per night

Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mavericks Beach, Miramar Beach and Naples Beach. JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Montara State ...

4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)

"Hotel is nice, except the beds were really hard. Hotel has a restaurant, but was closed due to Covid-19, although they did have room service. Food was ok. Four good other restaurants within walking distance and a few steps away. Nice area!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Oceano Hotel and Spa

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